Today's News

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments


    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned a variety of indictments against 16 people on Oct. 23.

    James Edward Lawrence, 33, of Galax, was indicted for obtaining money by fraud. He was charged earlier this year for allegedly collecting bounty money on coyotes killed outside Grayson County.

  • Boo Ridge runners flee on 'Trail of Terror'

    HILLSVILLE – The 2nd annual Boo Ridge Halloween Spooktacular Trail of Terror Run/Walk drew a large crowd of goblins, superheroes, princesses and farm animals despite the rainy weather.

    The event was held as a fundraiser for the Carroll County Special Olympics (CCSO) on Oct. 10 at Hillsville Elementary School. Participants competed in the Little Goblin Fun Run, the Monster Mile and the Trail of Terror 5K, as well as costume contests in several different categories. All proceeds went to the CCSO for its yearly activities and events.

  • Adkins, Stanley running for Va. Senate 20th District

    In the 20th District of Virginia, incumbent Republican Bill Stanley and former mayor of Martinsville and Democratic challenger Kim Adkins are competing for the position of Virginia State Senator.

    Among other locales, the 20th includes part of Carroll County and all of the City of Galax.

    Below are some topics raised by The Gazette in separate interviews and their responses, for the edification of voters.

    Job Creation Strategies and Economic Development

  • Halloween fun planned throughout Twin Counties

    The Galax Downtown Association will once again host the Galax Downtown Safe Halloween Bash.

    As in years past, local businesses, churches and organizations will gather in the center of downtown to play games and give treats to fun-loving kids of all ages.

    Costume contests, free hotdogs and drinks for the children, ghoulishly fun music, pumpkin carving and more activities are planned for Saturday.

  • Schools examine homeschool, religious exemptions

    INDEPENDENCE — With the recent rise in SOL test scores, Grayson County school officials are examining trends in Average Daily Membership (ADM) and how they correlate to test score performance.

    Specifically, the Grayson County School Board is curious to see how the ratio of homeschool and religious-exempt students compares to the number of students enrolled in public school, as SOL test scores improve.

  • Shaw seeks Oldtown seat in Grayson

    Staff Report

    Larry “Luke” Shaw is a candidate for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors Oldtown District in the Nov. 3 election.

    Shaw is a lifelong resident of Grayson County, having lived his whole life in the Oldtown District. He is the son of the late Connie and Nora Shaw and has raised three children in Grayson County, all of whom have been educated in the Grayson County Public School System.

  • Davis, Helmick seek seat on Galax City Council

    Galax City Council elections are typically in May, but one seat is up for grabs on Nov. 3 in a special election.

    After council member Bill Webb left before the end of his term, council appointed William “Bill” Davis to fill his position until elections this fall.

    Now, Davis is running to be elected to the post and Ches Helmick is challenging. Davis is a manager at First Citizens Bank in Galax; Helmick is a financial advisor at Edward Jones of Galax.

  • Combs seeks fourth term on board

    Wynn Johnson Combs will seek another term for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board this November.

    Combs, an independent candidate, will be challenged this year by Randy L. Shinault, also independent for the seat.

  • Readers Hotline 10/28/15

    Be thankful
    This is a response to the comment about the menus at Grayson County. Who knows what is going on there. But the poor cafeteria ladies at these schools serve what they are told to serve. They fix what they are told to fix. They do go by their menus. These menus are regulated. We should be thankful the kids are eating a nutritious meal because this may be the only meal some of those kids actually get a day.

    Spreading ignorance

  • Candidate addresses police report

    Candidate Shannon Goad has sent letters to registered voters in which he defends himself against claims about a traffic stop, which was cited in letters sent out by opposition to his bid for Carroll County sheriff.

    Claims involving Goad, who was named in a 2013 traffic stop report filed by a North Carolina trooper, were made in public mailings. A copy of the police report was mailed to The Gazette and to citizens in Carroll County.